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Image: Satellite photo of Tropical Storm Noel, 31 Oct 2007
Tropical Storm Noel strengthened after drenching Cuba and killing at least 61 people with surging floodwaters in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The death toll from days of downpours in the Dominican Republic, in particular, has begun to climb as emergency workers fanned out to bring aid to towns and villages cut off by raging rivers and inundated by chest-high floods. Forty-one people were confirmed dead and another 33 were missing while at least 25,540 people were homeless and 6,300 homes had been destroyed. Several bridges had collapsed and mudslides blocked roads and at least 39 communities were cut off by floods.
In Haiti at least 20 people died. Around 400 houses have been destroyed.
In Cuba, thousands of people were evacuated from vulnerable areas but no casualties were reported as the country has one of the most effective civil protection operations in the region. The storm dumped 150mm of rain in just six hours over Baracoa in Cuba, causing floods and cutting off roads at the already water-logged eastern tip of the island. "We are getting a constant downpour and strong gusts of wind. The sea is very rough."
In Jamaica, one person died when a house collapsed in the heavy rain.
Torrential rain was also falling over parts of the Bahamas.
Strong winds sent waves crashing onto southeast Florida's Atlantic beaches and rain whipping down the streets of Miami.
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